First it was Sen. Barack Obama. Now Sen. John McCain is having to apologize for using the word “wasted” to describe the sacrifice of U.S. troops lost in Iraq.
McCain made the comment Wednesday on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman,” where he said, “Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be. We’ve wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives.”
Democrats demanded he apologize, as Republicans earlier demanded of Obama. McCain later issued a statement making the standard assurances about respect for the troops. “I should have used the word ‘sacrificed,’ as I have in the past,” he said.
Is this the level of debate we can expect on Iraq during this presidential campaign — a superficial “gotcha” tit for tat? And if so, are we really a serious country?
Let’s agree that every American honors the troops’ sacrifice, no matter the circumstances. But let’s not inoculate our leaders from accountability by using the politically correct but historically false “our troops never die in vain” defense.
Common sense tell us that’s not true, even if it’s difficult to admit.
Political correctness shouldn’t prevent anyone from stating the obvious: American (and Iraqi) lives have been wasted in this war because of recklessness, mistakes and poor planning.
Speaking this truth doesn’t reflect poorly on the troops. It does reflect poorly on our leaders.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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